Croatia Travel Guide

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Croatia is a country with much to offer, so it is no surprise that it is a hugely popular holiday destination, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists every year to delight in its wide array of spectacular sights, scenery and activities.


Postcard-pretty places such as Dubrovnik and the port city of Split are just two of the must-see treats in store for visitors, but there is so much more to Croatia. 


Explore the country’s rich history, from the buzzing capital city of Zagreb to the beautiful Adriatic coastline and islands, to its mountains, forests, rivers and lakes.


Although the war ended in 1995, some remote areas are still affected by its aftermath. If you are planning an adventure holiday or hiking in mountainous or remote areas, be aware that there is still a danger of encountering unexploded mines. It is advisable to hire an experienced guide.

In summer, especially if hiking or camping, be on guard for ticks as Lyme disease and a type of encephalitis are commonly transmitted by these pests.


It is a requirement for foreign visitors to hold valid travel insurance or health insurance to cover any unexpected costs for urgent medical care or repatriation costs (the lowest acceptable amount of medical insurance is approx. £26,000/$30,000).  Always check your travel insurance policy to make sure that all your planned activities are covered.


Although there is a reciprocal healthcare agreement for British nationals, this only applies to emergency care and you will usually have to contribute to the cost.  Check with your insurer, but your travel insurance should refund the amount you have to pay.  (Note: travel insurance does not cover medical tourism for elective medical or cosmetic procedures). 


Medical facilities in remote areas or islands may be basic, requiring transfer to larger facilities, so check that your travel insurance covers air ambulance and medical repatriation.

Most major airlines fly to Croatia, and once in the country there is a good transportation network by bus, rail, and ferry and taxis are always an option.  A sailing charter is a wonderful way to see the spectacular coast and islands.



European Health Insurance Card


Visitors with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free emergency medical care, but this should never be used in place of comprehensive travel insurance.  For example, the EHIC does not cover travel problems such as lost or stolen luggage or property, cancellation and curtailment, and expensive matters like personal liability, legal costs, ongoing or non-urgent medical care, air ambulance and medical repatriation.



Disclaimer: While we have tried to ensure the information in this Travel Guide is correct we do not accept responsibility for any inaccuracy or the content of external links.

Inclusion in this Travel Guide does not guarantee travel insurance is available in any country at any given time. Travel Insurance is not available in countries where the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued an advisory against travel.

We strongly advise a visit to the FCO website for updated travel information and general travel advice before you book and pay for any travel.